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CYFS taking legal advice over Ellis transcripts

Sun 27 Jul 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is taking legal advice over publisher Barry Colman's plans to publish testimonies given by children accusing Peter Ellis of abuse in the Christchurch Civic Creche case. CYF chief social worker Shannon Pakura said she was very concerned at the scheme. "We believe the transcripts should not be allowed to be available to those not legitimately suited," Ms Pakura said. She had concerns for the children interviewed and the impacts on "children in the future who may be asked to give evidence". Mr Colman claims publication of the transcripts will "expose how pathetic, flimsy and one-sided the evidence against Ellis was". The transcripts are to be published in national Sunday newspapers on August 3, and will compare the evidence heard by the jury with the parts that were omitted. "It would have been impossible to convict [Ellis] if the jury had seen the whole of the video testimony. They would have laughed it out of court, in our opinion," Mr Colman added.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 27th July 2003 - 12:00pm

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